updated 01:05 am EST, Fri December 7, 2007
CradlePoint recently unveiled a new EVDO-sharing WiFi router, the PHS300, allowing users to connect 3G-based cellphones or 3G USB modems to the device and share the connection with any WiFi enabled device. The device features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC power, both of which provide enough current to run a USB modem. The PHS300 supports WEP and WPA encryption, and uses a built in firewall to protect connections to the router. CradlePoint will ship the PHS300 on December 20th, and is taking pre-orders based on a price of $180.
The PHS300 uses 802.11b/g to communicate with WiFi devices, and can be used anywhere 3G network access is available. CradlePoint also sells an optional 12v car adapter, allowing the device to be charged and used while connected to a vehicle.
EVDOinfo.com has already produced a favorable review on the CradlePoint PHS300, noting that the battery power and USB connections allow for a convenient experience, but the lack of an Ethernet WAN/LAN port can be a drawback for some in the IT world.
The PHS300 (top left) as compared to other mobile EVDO routers. Image courtesy of EVDOinfo.com.